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O'Reilly vs. Olbermann Through Thursday, February 21

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February 24th, 2008

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  • Adam

    Wow, Keith Overbites rating continue to be dismal. I guess his foaming at the mouth at Bush still isnt doing anything for his pathetic show

  • Jim Gibson

    There is obviously some market for Keith Olbermann's show. My concern is this bluring of news/commentary/entertainment/opinion.
    Yes, for “straight news” there is Jim's “News Hour” on PBS. But many will pass on his “readings” for the hype that Keith offers and some will take it as news, thinking he is a reporter (which he himself claims). That is especially true since NBC/MSNBC has chosen to have him co-host election coverage. It should be of great concern for Americans when that fourth branch of a democracy (reliable news) is now so difficult to filter and the viewer is left to try to speculate on what are the real facts in a “story.” What are Keith's “Worst Person in the World” never a terrorist??? The answer: The etertainment value would be lost…. but so is the truth to so many of his viewers. At least O'Reilly will present an opposing view for his listeners to hear even when he so readily may dismiss it himself.

  • Adam

    Wow, Keith Overbites rating continue to be dismal. I guess his foaming at the mouth at Bush still isnt doing anything for his pathetic show

  • Jim Gibson

    There is obviously some market for Keith Olbermann’s show. My concern is this bluring of news/commentary/entertainment/opinion.
    Yes, for “straight news” there is Jim’s “News Hour” on PBS. But many will pass on his “readings” for the hype that Keith offers and some will take it as news, thinking he is a reporter (which he himself claims). That is especially true since NBC/MSNBC has chosen to have him co-host election coverage. It should be of great concern for Americans when that fourth branch of a democracy (reliable news) is now so difficult to filter and the viewer is left to try to speculate on what are the real facts in a “story.” What are Keith’s “Worst Person in the World” never a terrorist??? The answer: The etertainment value would be lost…. but so is the truth to so many of his viewers. At least O’Reilly will present an opposing view for his listeners to hear even when he so readily may dismiss it himself.

  • Todd

    I've asked this question before, I'll ask it again. Why is Keith ‘the tool’ Olbermann acting like a reporter during election coverage over on msnbc? It’s laughable. He’s a former ESPN scoreboard reader and jock sniffer turned bomb thrower with no political background, education or real journalism experience whatsoever. He makes a living doing one thing-hating Bill O’reily and Fox news. His one-sided editorials play like Mad TV skits and to pretend he can present fair or balanced reporting is embarrasing sober adults everywhere. Kieth-you’re a tool. Seriously.

  • Todd

    I’ve asked this question before, I’ll ask it again. Why is Keith ‘the tool’ Olbermann acting like a reporter during election coverage over on msnbc? It’s laughable. He’s a former ESPN scoreboard reader and jock sniffer turned bomb thrower with no political background, education or real journalism experience whatsoever. He makes a living doing one thing-hating Bill O’reily and Fox news. His one-sided editorials play like Mad TV skits and to pretend he can present fair or balanced reporting is embarrasing sober adults everywhere. Kieth-you’re a tool. Seriously.

  • Adam

    Keith Overbite spews his vicious hatred every night. His so called special comments are psychotic rants probably written by some left wing hack at the daily kos or NY Times. Overbite is obnoxious 1 sided and a complete drooling idiot. The suits at MSNBC are just as stupid. Night after night he gets crushed in the ratings

  • Adam

    Keith Overbite spews his vicious hatred every night. His so called special comments are psychotic rants probably written by some left wing hack at the daily kos or NY Times. Overbite is obnoxious 1 sided and a complete drooling idiot. The suits at MSNBC are just as stupid. Night after night he gets crushed in the ratings

  • Dimitri Young

    What is this a right-wing only messageboard? Bill O' must have you guys on the payroll. For the first time Democrats have a tv personality in Keith Olbermann that can stand up to–and I say this 'tongue-in-cheek'–these righteous, holier than thou, point-the-finger culture warriors like Bill O Reily, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter and the countless other Neo Conservatives that are making millions of dollars condeming Americans that don't agree with their idealogy. All of your comments are a reflection of the inconsistencies that have been plaguing the Republican, and most notably Conservative base over the past several years. Case in point: the reporting on 'Countdown' is biased but the reporting on 'The O'Reily Factor isn't? Give me a break!!!!

  • Adam

    Keith Overbite has made many over the top comments, Hes a former ESPN hack. Also instead of going after his arch rivals who are kicking his pathetic rear end in the ratings why doesnt he ever name 3rd world dictators worst people in the world. Overbite has people on his show who NEVER EVER disagrees with him. Hes an empty suit hack with dismal ratings. Just like the buffoons at Airead America radio with their 5 listeners

  • ed

    Dimitri. Your post proves you never watch Bill O. But just Olberwackos clips. See, we the diverse folks, watch both.

    Bill O'reilly Doesn't anchor election coverage. As Olberloon, the self admitted neurotic does.

  • Dimitri Young

    What is this a right-wing only messageboard? Bill O’ must have you guys on the payroll. For the first time Democrats have a tv personality in Keith Olbermann that can stand up to–and I say this ‘tongue-in-cheek’–these righteous, holier than thou, point-the-finger culture warriors like Bill O Reily, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter and the countless other Neo Conservatives that are making millions of dollars condeming Americans that don’t agree with their idealogy. All of your comments are a reflection of the inconsistencies that have been plaguing the Republican, and most notably Conservative base over the past several years. Case in point: the reporting on ‘Countdown’ is biased but the reporting on ‘The O’Reily Factor isn’t? Give me a break!!!!

  • Adam

    Keith Overbite has made many over the top comments, Hes a former ESPN hack. Also instead of going after his arch rivals who are kicking his pathetic rear end in the ratings why doesnt he ever name 3rd world dictators worst people in the world. Overbite has people on his show who NEVER EVER disagrees with him. Hes an empty suit hack with dismal ratings. Just like the buffoons at Airead America radio with their 5 listeners

  • ed

    Dimitri. Your post proves you never watch Bill O. But just Olberwackos clips. See, we the diverse folks, watch both.

    Bill O’reilly Doesn’t anchor election coverage. As Olberloon, the self admitted neurotic does.

  • Adam

    Keith Overbite rants and spews his vicious rabid rants every night. His show is filled with left wing pseudo thinkers who dont have the spine to challenge him. Countdown to no ratings every night on PMSNBC

  • Adam

    Keith Overbite rants and spews his vicious rabid rants every night. His show is filled with left wing pseudo thinkers who dont have the spine to challenge him. Countdown to no ratings every night on PMSNBC

  • Jerry Sinclair

    Hey, it's simple corporate accounting! GE is a huge conglomerate. You've got to have a write off somewhere in your annual report and the countdown show seems to fit the bill. The U.S. having the worlds highest corporate tax laws also keeps them looking for a loss.Good thing the rest of the worlds nations don't punish their corporations. So GE has to watch it's profits don't get to high and Olbermann is helping in that aspect.GREATLY

  • Jerry Sinclair

    Hey, it’s simple corporate accounting! GE is a huge conglomerate. You’ve got to have a write off somewhere in your annual report and the countdown show seems to fit the bill. The U.S. having the worlds highest corporate tax laws also keeps them looking for a loss.Good thing the rest of the worlds nations don’t punish their corporations. So GE has to watch it’s profits don’t get to high and Olbermann is helping in that aspect.GREATLY

  • Jim Gibson

    Demitri,
    If you listen closely you'll note that the objections are not that Obermann is opinionated (just as O'Reilly is). But O'Reilly WILL have competing ideas aired on his program… guests from the left and the right (just as Fox's “Hannity and Colbms”). In contrast, Obermann has only guests who will reinforce HIS “reports” and many unwary viewers will walk away thinking that Obermann has been giving “news”. An informed public is better served by the type of format where differing viewpoints are shared than by Obermann's soap box rantings and then having a “guest” affirm his rantings a true. The objection is that Obermann afixes the title “reporter” to himself.

  • Jim Gibson

    Demitri,
    If you listen closely you’ll note that the objections are not that Obermann is opinionated (just as O’Reilly is). But O’Reilly WILL have competing ideas aired on his program… guests from the left and the right (just as Fox’s “Hannity and Colbms”). In contrast, Obermann has only guests who will reinforce HIS “reports” and many unwary viewers will walk away thinking that Obermann has been giving “news”. An informed public is better served by the type of format where differing viewpoints are shared than by Obermann’s soap box rantings and then having a “guest” affirm his rantings a true. The objection is that Obermann afixes the title “reporter” to himself.

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